(Victoria, BC, April 4, 2016) – Members of the Tripleshot Cycling Club Youth Team brought home five Canadian records and a case of hardware from the 2016 Canadian Junior Track Championships held April 1-3 the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario.
Riley Pickrell (Claremont High School) claimed two Canadian records (4 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) dominating the U17 races with teammate Sarah Van Dam (Oak Bay High School) (5 gold). Erin Attwell (Maria Montessori School/Canadian Sport School Victoria), who also trains with Cycling Canada’s NextGen program, set three Canadian records (2 gold, 3 silver) and raced to a qualifying spot for the 2016 World Junior Track Cycling Championships (Aigle, SUI, July 20-24). Adam Attwell (Maria Montessori School) held his own in a competitive field after transferring to cycling just three months ago from a successful high school rowing season, racing the individual races in his first year as a U19 rider.
“This is the second national track championships in five months, due to Cycling Canada moving the national championships to the spring, and these four riders are to be commended for their maturity in racing and commitment to training,” said Lister Farrar, Head Coach of the Tripleshot Youth program. “Along with Kurt Innes (coach of the FastTrack youth cycling program at the Westshore Velodrome) and Jeff Ain (NextGen program coach) I am incredibly proud of this team that worked together to help their teammates achieve their goals.”
Here is a breakdown of how each fared in each race:
Team Sprint: U19 women’s BC composite squad Tripleshot/TaG (Erin Atwell/Maggie Coles-Lyster) broke the existing record in their qualifying ride, and then broke it again to win the final with a time of 36.339 seconds. U17 women’s composite team of Tripleshot/Quebec (Sarah Van Dam/Simone Boilard) came back from a crash to win gold for the women and the B.C. composite squad Tripleshot/TaG/Cannondale (Riley Pickrell/Tyler Davies/Ethan Ogrodniczuk/Riley) came from behind to win the men’s title in the final half lap.
Individual Pursuit: In thiscritical event for U19 riders to determine selection for the 2016 world championship team, Erin Atwell set a Canadian record in the qualifying round (2.27.02), and then took second to Coles-Lyster with a 2.29.78. Both riders beat the world championships qualifying time of 2:32.720, a phenomenal effort for both these first-year U19 riders. U17 titles were taken by Pickrell (2:21.056), who claimed the Canadian record, and Van Dam (2:35.810).
Points: U19 Erin took second. Adam Attwell placed 12th , after a crash hampered his chances; U17 Pickrell took second and Van Dam 4th.
Sprint: U19 Erin took second in a strong field where the top 4 beat the Canadian record in qualifying. Adam 5th , winning the 5-8th place race; U17 both Pickrell and Van Dam won gold in two straight rides over their opponents.
Time Trial: (500 metres for all categories except U19 men where they race 1000m) U19 Erin Attwell took her first individual title beating rival Coles-Lyster with a Canadian record time of 37.034 seconds, Adam placed 12th; U17 Pickrell took the win setting a new Canadian record (33.694) and Van Dam claimed the women’s title (38.232).
Scratch: U19 Erin Attwell took 12th while her brother Adam placed 11th; U17 Van Dam took gold and Pickrell placed 3rd in the men.
Elimination: U19 Erin placed 6th and Adam 11th; U17 Van Dam finished 6th and a crash in front of Pickrell at the start took him out of the event.
Keirin: (held only for the U19 women and men) Erin placed 7th and Adam did not qualify for the final.
For more information on the Tripleshot Cycling Club Youth Team, visit www.tripleshotcycling.com <http://www.tripleshotcycling.com> , the FastTrack Youth Cycling program visit http://www.gvva.bc.ca/fast-track-registration/ <http://www.gvva.bc.ca/fast-track-registration/> ; for complete results from the 2016 National Track Cycling Championships visit http://racetiming.ca/eventpage.php?EventId=1612 <http://racetiming.ca/eventpage.php?EventId=1612>